RLGA02H3 Lecture Notes - Odysseus

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Published on 2 Aug 2012
School
UTSC
Department
Religion
Course
RLGA02H3
Professor
Christianity
Origins
- 4 Gospels in the New Testament. 3 of them are synoptic (synopsis/summary). By
Matthew, Luke, Mark and John. Mostly talk about Jesus.
- Gospels tell us about the ideology of early communities.
- Rome was very intolerant towards Christians, but Constantine and Odysseus helped
out and Rome decided to sponsor Christianity as their main religion.
- Mosaic is the “composite portrait of Jesus.
- Starts off as a Jewish Sect/Apocalyptic, thinking everything is going to fall of the
rails.
- Christianity allows anyone to join, like Islam and Buddhists.
- Christian readings don’t speak about saving the people from someone else (as Jews
wanted to be saved from Romans) but about cosmic sin.
- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were “community leaders”.
- The New Testament is considered to be Revelation.
Mark (Winged Lion Desert Creature)
- Presents Jesus as Saviour of the Gentiles (Non Jews)
- 65-70 CE (Oldest of the 4)
- Apocalyptic urgency (Repent for your sins or else)
Matthew (Winged Angel)
- Promised Messiah of Israel
- 75-80 CE
- Supreme teacher of the Torah
Luke
- Concerns for poor, women and outcasts
- Another book in the NT called Acts (believed to be written by Luke)
John
- 90 100 CE
- Jesus as the eternal divine son of God
- Not Synoptic, meaning it wasn’t made up
- Incarnation (the flesh)
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Gospels tell us about the ideology of early communities. Rome was very intolerant towards christians, but constantine and odysseus helped out and rome decided to sponsor christianity as their main religion. Mosaic is the composite portrait of jesus. Starts off as a jewish sect/apocalyptic, thinking everything is going to fall of the rails. Christianity allows anyone to join, like islam and buddhists. Christian readings don"t speak about saving the people from someone else (as jews wanted to be saved from romans) but about cosmic sin. Matthew, mark, luke and john were community leaders . The new testament is considered to be revelation. Presents jesus as saviour of the gentiles (non jews) Apocalyptic urgency (repent for your sins or else) Another book in the nt called acts (believed to be written by luke) Jesus as the eternal divine son of god. Not synoptic, meaning it wasn"t made up.

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